These Dividend Stocks Are Best In Class

Mears Group, International Personal Finance, and SThree all share one thing in common. They are on our list of top paying dividend stocks which have helped grow my portfolio income over the past couple of months. Dividends play a key role in compounding returns over time and can form a large part of our portfolio return. If you’re a buy and hold investor, these healthy dividend stocks can generously contribute to your monthly portfolio income.

Mears Group plc (LSE:MER)

Mears Group PLC, through its subsidiaries, provides a range of outsourced services to the public and private sectors in the United Kingdom. Established in 1996, and run by CEO David Miles, the company now has 12,600 employees and with the company’s market capitalisation at GBP £397.07M, we can put it in the small-cap category.

MER has a sizeable dividend yield of 3.08% and is paying out 56.85% of profits as dividends . In the case of MER, they have increased their dividend per share from £0.035 to £0.117 so in the past 10 years. The company has been a reliable payer too, not missing a payment during this time. The company also looks promising for it’s future growth, with analysts expecting an earnings per share increase of 57.3% over the next three years.

LSE:MER Historical Dividend Yield Dec 14th 17
LSE:MER Historical Dividend Yield Dec 14th 17

International Personal Finance Plc (LSE:IPF)

International Personal Finance plc provides home credit and digital loans under the Provident brand in Poland, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Southern Europe, and Mexico. Formed in 1997, and now led by CEO Gerard Ryan, the company provides employment to 7,584 people and with the company’s market cap sitting at GBP £416.42M, it falls under the small-cap stocks category.

IPF has an appealing dividend yield of 6.29% and is currently distributing 37.75% of profits to shareholders , and analysts are expecting the payout ratio in three years to hit 38.81%. Over the past 10 years, IPF has increased its dividends from £0.0475 to £0.124. The company has been a reliable payer too, not missing a payment during this time. The company’s latest earnings per share figure was £0.27, up 23.1% from the previous year.

LSE:IPF Historical Dividend Yield Dec 14th 17
LSE:IPF Historical Dividend Yield Dec 14th 17

SThree plc (LSE:STHR)

SThree plc provides recruitment services for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics industries primarily in the United Kingdom and Ireland, Continental Europe, the United States, and the Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Formed in 1986, and currently lead by Gary Elden, the company currently employs 2,600 people and with the company’s market cap sitting at GBP £447.76M, it falls under the small-cap group.

STHR has a decent dividend yield of 3.97% and is paying out 56.05% of profits as dividends . STHR’s dividends have increased in the last 10 years, with DPS increasing from £0.079 to £0.14. The company has been a reliable payer too, not missing a payment during this time.

LSE:STHR Historical Dividend Yield Dec 14th 17
LSE:STHR Historical Dividend Yield Dec 14th 17

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